Does yoga count as an exercise?
Yoga is known worldwide for its many benefits, including achieving a state of inner peace that encourages us to live in harmony with ourselves and the environment around us. What many do not know is that if it can also help us improve our health and our performance. Let’s see if he can really get it.
Is yoga a different exercise?
We are always looking for a training that helps not only our body, but also our mind. Congratulations! You just found him. Yoga works both the body and the mind at the same time, helping to alleviate stress, fatigue and anxiety.
Yoga requires that we perform different movements that involve flexibility, strength and balance, from the first pose to the top of the range, the final relaxation pose. These movements of flexibility and balance help to reduce the risk of injury, and there are 3 sequences and poses that help more to increase the strength of our entire body:
The “greeting to the Sun”, which is done at the beginning of a yoga session to warm up or a yoga practice itself.
The positions in table or plank (yes, this exercise is done during the practice of Yoga) and chair help to increase the strength throughout our body.
The effect of yoga is very similar to that of a natural antioxidant, which can alleviate chronic and acute pain, so it is clear that for our health it will be positive. Can it be for our performance as well?
Can yoga increase our performance?
In order to measure the intensity of yoga compared to other activities, several researches resorted to VO2, the maximum amount of oxygen that the organism can absorb, transport and consume. One study (1) found that the VO2 index in 10 older adults increased by 7% when they performed yoga mat for eight weeks, while in another age group a VO2 increased by 11% was found only in six weeks. Those who perform this activity can therefore significantly increase their energy, concentration and lucidity.
Remember that there are different kinds of yoga for everyone. For example there is the Bikram or the Power Yoga, which can increase the intensity of training because they are two styles considered as physically very demanding.
Research suggests that we should not focus on just one sport to achieve the fitness goal that many want, as the body adapts to exercise and is more positive to vary in activity. For this reason, complementing the sport that we usually practice with yoga is an excellent option to increase our performance.
Don’t forget that if you are going to exercise your body you must have a bottle of water by your side to hydrate during the whole session and avoid forcing your body in uncomfortable postures, as this could cause muscular tensions.
- Tran MD. Effects of Hatha Yoga Practice on the Health-Related Aspects of Physical Fitness. Prev Cardiol. 2001 Autumn;4(4):165-170.
- Laura Schwecherl, Does Yoga Count as Exercise? Para Greatist
- Jessica Frazier (16 January 2014). The Bloomsbury Companion to Hindu Studies. A&C Black. pp. 25–. ISBN 978-1-4725-6716-1.
- White 2011.
- Denise Lardner Carmody, John Carmody (1996), Serene Compassion. Oxford University Press US. p. 68.
- Stuart Ray Sarbacker, Samādhi: The Numinous and Cessative in Indo-Tibetan Yoga. SUNY Press, 2005, pp. 1–2.
- Tattvarthasutra [6.1], see Manu Doshi (2007) Translation of Tattvarthasutra, Ahmedabad: Shrut Ratnakar p. 102